Monday, September 25, 2017

New #Giveaway Tour! HAPPILY EVER AFTERS by @Rachel_Magee w/ @PrismBookTours #Interview

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
Happily Ever Afters
By Rachel Magee
Interview with the Author

1. What is your motivation behind HAPPILY EVER AFTERS? 

I actually came up with the idea for Happily Ever Afters while I was on a girls’ trip. Several of my friends at the time weren’t married and there were a few handsome bachelors at the resort. I started wondering what would happen if two people who didn’t live anywhere near each other fell in love. 

2. What do you hope readers take with them after they’ve read it?

I’ll talk about this in more detail during the tour, but basically this is a story of hope. My wish is for readers to walk away with a renewed spirit of hope and a belief that happily-ever-afters do exist. But sometimes you have to fight for both.

3. Do you have a favorite scene that you can share with us?

One of my favorite scenes is from the second half of the book when Lainey, the heroine, ends up at a karaoke bachelorette party with the antagonist. Pretty much everything goes wrong for our dearly beloved heroine, but it shows a lot of Lainey’s personality in the middle of a pretty funny situation. It might even make you want to grab a microphone and belt out your favorite song. Admittedly, I did when I was writing it. 

4. If you could sum the book up in one sentence, what would you say?

Lainey doesn’t plan on falling in love with a man she meets on vacation, but when her life falls apart, love might be the only thing that can save her.

5. Share something about you that is unique - maybe about how/where you write.

Here’s a fun fact: I like to write standing up. It helps me think. The best place to do this is in my kitchen with my computer on the counter. And if I’m standing at my computer in the kitchen, I always stand on one leg. Picture tree pose in yoga. My kids call it flamingo style.

Happily Ever Afters
Rachel Magee
Contemporary Sweet Romance
ebook, 286 pages
September 19th 2017 by Clean Reads

Lainey Stratton does not fall in love with strangers she meets on vacation. It simply doesn’t make logical sense. So when Lainey meets Carter Thompson on the first day of her Caribbean vacation, she knows it could never amount to anything more than a crush. At the end of the vacation she will return to Dallas and he will return to D.C., and that will be the end of it. Well, unless he wants to join her at a friend’s destination wedding, which would be considered vacation too, right?

But when an unexpected tragedy sends Lainey’s logical world spiraling out of control, she realizes her vacation crush might be the only one who can help her pick up the pieces of her shattered life. That is, as long as she can get out of the way of her own happiness. And as long as Carter’s past doesn’t catch up with him before she gets a chance.


Tour Schedule

About the Author


Rachel Magee wrote her first novel when she was twelve and entered it into a contest for young author/illustrators. Unfortunately, the judges weren’t impressed with her stick figures. So she dropped the dream of becoming a world famous illustrator and stuck to spinning stories. When she’s not busy working on her latest book, she loves to travel with her family and friends. By far, her favorite destination is the beach, which tends to work its way into most of her stories. Between vacations, you can find her at home in The Woodlands, TX with her wonderful husband, their two adventurous kids and a couple of spirited pets, all of whom share Rachel’s love of the ocean. Well, except the cat and dog. They’re both afraid of water. Find out more about what Rachel has been up to at rachelmageebooks.com.

Tour Giveaway


Happily Ever Afters Prize Pack 1 (US residents only)
· Happily Ever Afters coffee mug
· Tea Sampler Pack
· Happily Ever Afters notebook
· Lilly Pulitzer pen
· Chocolates
· ‘Vacations’ picture frame

Happily Ever Afters Prize Pack 2 (US and International residents))
· $25 Amazon e-gift card

Giveaway ends October 4th

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Book Review: TEXT DON'T CALL by @INFJoe An Illustrated Guide to the #Introverted Life #Interview @TarcherPerigee

Have you noticed how our culture values extroverted characteristics? The misconceptions about introverts are endless - "anti-social, cat-people".  HA!

This colorful guide by INFJoe, the cartoon persona of artist and introvert Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, addresses these "truths" in a way that is easy and fun to read.

If you have ever wondered if "introverted" fits part of the description of YOU... or if you suspect some of your friends may have this (totally awesome) characteristic, this book is a quick, easy read that is memorable long after you've finished it.


Text, Don't Call:
An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life
by INFJoe
Published by TarcherPerigee Paperback
August 15, 2017

Introversion is "in." But there are still many misconceptions about introverts in the world. They're shy. Anti-social. They don't want to have close relationships. They're all cat people. They don't like big parties (okay, that last one might be true). 

INFJoe, the cartoon persona of artist and introvert Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, is here to set the record straight. Filled with charming comic book style illustrations, this book provides invaluable insights into the introverted life with plenty of humor and wit. Full of moments that will make introverts say, "That's so me!" as well as helpful tips on surviving at parties and in the workplace, Text, Don't Call is the perfect gift for your quiet friends, or the extroverted ones who could use some help to better understand the introverts in their lives.



This illustrated guide validates and encourages those who feel out of place in a high-energy world. This book educates their extroverted counterparts about what it truly means to be an introvert and eliminates the negative connotations attached to it. 
  • Communication differences between introverts and extroverts
  • How to survive parties and holidays
  • Learning your stimulation comfort levels to avoid burnout
  • Ways to recharge when you're feeling peopled out.

Navigating our extroverted world as an introvert can be difficult, discouraging, and confusing. Aaron Caycedo-Kimura highlights the ways in which introversion should be celebrated with humor and wit. This guide is for any introvert who treasures peace and quiet and for extroverts looking to understand more about their quiet friends.



MY REVIEW:

You may have picked up some of my enthusiasm as I attempted to share the promotional materials that came with this book I received in exchange for an honest review.  Yeah, I love it.

For one, it did not take long to read. In a world where our TBR piles are mile-high, a quick illustrated guide like this simply hits the spot. There's plenty to think about as the words and illustrations cover the various aspects the author wants to portray, but it's so readable.

Next - I get it. I snorted multiple times outloud, sometimes laughing outright. "Yep, that's me!" I saw myself, sure... but I also saw how and why my daughter is locking herself away in her room after school, regrouping after being around so many people all day. After I made that connection, it dawned on me that 100% of my family has some level of introversion. This picture, above, on the back cover is a picture of my house at the end of the day. We're all doing things, our own things, next to each other and that's plenty "together" enough for the lot of us. Hilarious.  

Finally, I found ways I need to adjust. Even though I am an INTJ myself and value introversion in general, I had still fallen for the attitude of pushing for more interaction in my family. The way this Guide presents the idea of PROTECTING introverts from over-stimulation really makes sense. In fact, it finally feels like "caring" to make sure my loved ones get their time to recharge. I had not realized I was feeling guilty for not pushing them for more family time at night, when what they, just like me, really need is some quiet time NEAR each other. Who knew??

Pretty monumental for such a quick read. I highly recommend this for all introverts AND extroverts. Don't just accept yourself... extend this care and acceptance to those around you. Learn to spot other introverts and enjoy them, just the way they are!


Aaron Caycedo-KimuraINFJoe is the nom de cartoon of artist Aaron Caycedo-Kimura. Aaron drummed his way to The Julliard School in New York City via the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He created INFJoe during a creative rut in 2012 and discovered the incredibly receptive introvert community. He and his wife Luisa live in Connecticut, where they plan to birth as much art as possible. 

Follow INFJoe on Twitter @INFJoe, Instagram and Facebook @infjoecartoons. 


CONVERSATION WITH AARON CAYCEDO-KIMURA 

1. You dabbled in music, painting, poetry, and now you're an author and illustrator. What was your inspiration for writing and illustrating Text, Don't Call?

Text, Don't Call began back in January 2013 when I created my online persona, INFJoe, and began posting cartoons on the Internet. Growing up as an introvert and, in particular, an INFJ (my Myers-Briggs type) was incredibly difficult for me. With these cartoons, I wanted to encourage others like me who were feeling odd or out of place. Since the online series was so well received, I decided to put a printed collection together to reach a wider audience. I want as many introverts as possible to know that they are not alone and that introversion is not a defect, but rather a matter of natural wiring. 

2. Where do you get the ideas for your illustrations? 

The ideas come from my life, the experiences of other introverts, and sometimes just crazy stuff I dream up. Some of my family members and friends appear in my book, either as caricatures or as the inspirations behind some of the illustrations. And of course, my wife and I are sprinkled in there as well. 

3. Introverts tend to be very private people. How has it been sharing yourself through your online cartoons?

It's not an easy thing just to put your artwork out there for all to see and judge. But someone once told me that an artist isn't an artist unless he or she takes the risk and joins in the conversation. however, I've been extremely fortunate that my work has been well received. I thank and appreciate all the online readers of INFJoe Cartoons. Also, not only is it artwork, but much of it is the ups and downs of my life and the blessings and curses of my personality. It may seem uncharacteristic for an introvert to "extrovert" themselves on social media, but I share these things in order to connect and encourage others. INFJs (my Myers-Briggs type) are very relational. I really enjoy interacting with my online readers.

4. Have you learned anything about yourself while writing this book?

I learned that I could draw a pretty convincing fish.

5. Do you have any words of advice for fellow introverts who may feel misunderstood by family and friends?

Introvert on! Be your introverted selves. Know that you're not alone, that your'e in good company. It's good to educate those around you about introversion, but realize that some may just not get it. Bottom line, what's most important is that we understand, accept, and appreciate ourselves.

6. What do you want readers to take away from Text, Don't Call?

For readers who are extroverts, I hope this book will help give them insight into the introverts in their lives. For fellow introverts, I hoe this book will make them laugh, validate and encourage them.




Friday, September 22, 2017

Yay for FRIDAY!! New Releases FREE & Bargain Books #LinkUp w/ @BeckValleyBooks


Sharing the Love of Books
Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

Authors please feel free to add your own books
Readers please free to add your own finds
(any genre except erotica welcome)

This weekly link up is hosted by Beck Valley Books & these awesome book loving blogs...
Monday
 Leels Loves Books | IrishdaisylovesRomance | Book Babble | Traci Hayden
Tuesday
Celticlady's Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures 
Wednesday
Beck Valley Books | Jude Ouvrard
Thursday
Miki's Hope | Heidi Robbins
Friday
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance |
Colorimetry | J.C. Clarke
Saturday
3 Partners in Shopping | I Create Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings 
Sunday

For Pre-orders post - PRE-ORDER / genre / title /author
For New Releases post - NEW / genre / title / author
For Free Books post - FREE / genre / title / author / end date 
For Bargain Books post - SALE / price / genre / title / author / end date
(Strictly no Erotica please.  Steamy romance is fine but watch those covers people, incase any underage child is viewing it!)

Here is this weeks awesome selection!

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Come back and check out the new selection every week x


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Did you catch this tour? SUNSETS AT SEASIDE by @Addison_Cole_ w/ @PrismBookTours #SweetHeat #Romance

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Sunsets at Seaside
By Addison Cole

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:


Launch - About the Series

Sweet with just enough heat...

Under the name Addison Cole, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster is releasing each of her beloved, and steamy, Love in Bloom titles in a “sweet with heat” version. The new Sweet with Heat series has no explicit love scenes or harsh language, but her voice is naturally passionate, and because of that, the stories convey all of the heat you expect between two people in love (within the confines of the “sweet” genre). The stories and characters in Sweet with Heat remain mostly the same as the Love in Bloom series, however, in addition to the omission of graphic sexual scenes and cursing, certain characters have also been repositioned.


She stared at the phone, unable to believe she’d been seconds away from winning what she was sure was her father’s baseball and had lost it. She hated phones. She hated eBay. She hated bidding against nonexistent people in tiny little stupid phones. She hated the whole thing so much she turned and hurled the phone over the deck.

Wow.

That felt really, really good.


"I loved reading this book. I like the way these longtime friends continue to hang out each summer and always have each other’s backs. . . . I highly recommend this book to other readers. It is a really good read and held my attention well throughout."


"Charming and whimsical romance with a bite set in Cape Cod. The story flowed smoothly and had just enough tender and passion to leave some to the imagination."

Wishful Endings - Review

"SUNSETS AT SEASIDE is a romance story about a woman who is trying to find out what a normal life would be like and a man who has been largely labelled for his wealth and business acumen who find a chance for love with each other. There is a group of friends who are the focus of other stories in the series who bring a family/small-town feel to this story. Readers can expect some drama, romantic tension, and the usual twist in the story that creates a barrier to these two finding their happily-ever-after."


“Ouch! What the…” A deep male voice rose up to her.

Jessica crouched and peered between the balusters. Standing on the gravel road just a few feet from her building, in a pair of black running shorts and no shirt, was the nicest butt she’d ever seen, attached to a tanned back that was glistening with sweat and rippled with muscles. Holy moly, they didn’t make orchestra musicians with bodies like that. Not that she’d know, considering that they were always properly covered in black suits and white shirts, but could a body like that even be hidden?

Harlie's Books - Review

"...I loved the book clean and dirty. I’ve read Ms. Cole and her alter ego, Ms. Foster before and she never disappoints. I can’t wait to dive into the other sweet books in this series."


Becky on Books - Excerpt

“Guess it’s just you and me.”

Jamie’s rich voice slid over her, bringing goose bumps to her arms and heating her up even more. How the heck did he manage to pull off laid-back and sensual at the same time?

Kindle and Me - Promo


“So, you claim you’re not a phone thrower or a kisser. What kind of girl are you?” His arm remained around her waist as they walked down the gravel road toward her apartment.

She shrugged. “I’m not really sure. That’s kind of why I took the summer off. To find out.”


"Sunsets at Seaside by Addison Cole is the 4th book in the Sweet with Heat Seaside Summer Series. Jessica and Jamie are such a sweet loving couple. I adored them from the beginning. It was one of those love at first sight things. The immediately fell for each other and I immediately fell for them. . . . This is the second book I have read in the series and I absolutely can not wait to read more."


"I won’t ruin the story for you, but this is typical romantic fare with the masterful writing of Addison Cole. It is very easy to see why her books are so well-received. She writes with passion and description that often makes things a bit hot and heavy.. . . . this is a romance novel that I definitely recommend to those who want to disappear into a romantic story with passion, humor, and relatable characters."


Jamie shook his head. “Vera is going to love you, and I have a feeling I’m going to be left in the dust tomorrow. Maybe I need to rethink my position on this date.”

Her mouth went dry, and she dropped her eyes.

With their hands still entwined, he used his finger to lift her chin and gazed into her eyes. He leaned down and kissed away all the worry that had coiled in her belly.

And don't forget to enter the giveaway below, if you haven't already...

Sunsets at Seaside
(Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers #4)
by Addison Cole
Sweet Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 308 pages
August 23rd 2017

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends!

Sunsets at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Seaside Sunsets. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

In SUNSETS at SEASIDE…
Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.

For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother—and falling in love is not in his plans.

From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sweet, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the brown-haired beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life—and his heart—upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away.

SWEET WITH HEAT: SEASIDE SUMMERS SERIES
Read, Write, Love at Seaside
Dreaming at Seaside
Hearts at Seaside
Sunsets at Seaside
Coming soon!
Secrets at Seaside (releasing October 25th)
Nights at Seaside (releasing December 13th)
Seized by Love at Seaside
Embraced at Seaside
Lovers at Seaside
Whispers at Seaside

Other Books in the Series


And coming October 2017...

About the Author


SIGN UP for ADDISON'S Sweet with Heat newsletter. Fun, flirty romance with a dash of heat.

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.



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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Grand Finale #Giveaway BREAKUP IN A SMALL TOWN by @authorKristina Knight w/ @PrismBookTours #HarlequinSuperRomance

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Breakup in a Small Town
By Kristina Knight

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Note from the Author

Hi, everyone! I’m so excited to be back with you all for the next book in my Slippery Rock series! Breakup in a Small Town picks up about three months post-tornado. Adam is home from the hospital, but things aren’t right for him. . .and things are definitely not right for Jenny, either...

Celluloid Diaries - Best Movie Couples of All Time

I am a sucker for a great movie couple – Joan Wilder and Jack T. Colton (Romancing the Stone), Vivien and Edward (Pretty Woman), and Jack and Rose (Titanic) are all on my list. I like couples that banter, couples that laugh together, couples that are hot for each other…even if they’d lost a little of that sparkle.

Here are a few of my favorite movie couples...

It's All About the Romance - Author Interview

Do you have any personal heroes/heroines?

I do! I find Nora Roberts’ dedication to writing inspiring, and I’m awed at everything Lisa Kleypas does. I have a friend (Hi, Heather!!) who has started a handmade greeting card company – she writes amazing, inspirational, heartfelt cards that are simply beautiful.

Last but not least, my sister-in-law, who became a runner for the first time over the age of 30, has run in marathons and half-marathons, and helped me through my first 5K this summer (Hi, Janell!) is one of the most genuine people I know, and I admire her so much!


“It occurs to me that I’ve been too soft on you.” Jenny said the words carefully as she pulled to the stoplight outside Mallard’s Grocery. No inflection. No anger. Just words. Calm, cool, concise words. From the corner of her eye, she saw Adam’s head snap in her direction. Maybe this change in tactics was a good idea. “I don’t like this any more than you do, and I know you have it much worse than me because you’re living it. But I’m living it, too.”


"Turmoil and heartache snare our attention with this latest dip into Kristina Knight’s Slippery Rock series. If you’ve read the previous books, you will recognize Adam and Jenny and already be familiar with what happened to him. I was hooked on the story just from enjoying the series, but watching them fight for their relationship kept me even more enthralled. She was hard to like, but I enjoyed their story."


He liked the prickliness even less than he liked that look he’d seen in Jenny’s beautiful eyes a moment before.

He didn’t want to talk about whoever she’d met for lunch or what that meant. He didn’t want to talk at all. He just wanted to feel her mouth on his. Adam reached across the space between them and pulled her closer. Her mouth opened slightly, and her hazel eyes went dark.


"This book had me on the edge of my seat. I was not sure what was going to happen between Jenny and Adam. Stay together or stay apart? It was nice reading about a couple that was married already and facing a life event that changed so much in both Jenny and Adam's life."

Hearts & Scribbles - Adam’s Top 3 Tips to Rekindle Love

It took her asking me to leave to see how much I wanted to stay. How much I wanted her, and I had no idea how to get her back. I needed a plan, and I’ve never been much of a planner. Things just kind of happened for me: I played football and happened to be good at it, I took a job with my dad because I enjoyed it, and I married Jenny because she took my breath away. I never had to work hard at anything.

I had to work hard to win her back, though. Here’s how I did it...


“This is all about you.”

“No, it’s not. It’s about you. You haven’t done one thing for me.”

“I sent you flowers to apologize.”

“I hate cut flowers. I’ve never once asked for cut flowers. I didn’t carry them when we eloped. I don’t keep them in vases around the house.”

“You work in the garden all the time.”

“Because I like plants,” she exclaimed, unable to keep the annoyance from her voice.

Becky on Books - Review

"This book was hard to read, but rewarding at the same time, because Adam and Jenny do (eventually–talk about waiting until the last minute; argh!) figure it out. And watching two people who have been together forever but are just finally figuring out how to really be together at last makes for one heck of a story."


Her gaze met his, and it didn’t matter that she’d asked him to move out. That their marriage might be over. What mattered was the look in his eyes. The green darkened to nearly emerald, and seemed to cut right through the confusion she felt at what she wanted, professionally and personally. All that mattered was that, for this moment, the two of them were together. He’d come out of the shell she had begged him to exit.


“I should have been paying more attention,” she admitted.

“I should have ducked. My reflexes are a little slower than I remember.” But he didn’t seem upset by that fact. A few weeks ago, slower reflexes might have sent him into a days-long funk. He put his arm around her shoulders. “I’m okay, Jenny.”

“I know.”

“If a tornado can’t break me by collapsing a building on my head, you’re not going to do it with an umbrella.”

Harlie's Books - Review

"I just adored this book and this series is fast becoming one of all time favorites. The characters are vivid, emotional, funny, realistic and it’s always fun to go back and see where the other characters are in the town. And I can’t wait for Aiden’s story; whenever that may be. Again, I just loved how Ms. Knight made the story so realistic, emotional, at times raw and I truly felt sympathetic to both characters. I was cheering for them to the very end. And what an ending it was. *sigh, swoon, sniffles*"

Mello & June, It's a Book Thang! - Jenny’s Top 5 Ways to Keep Love

Falling in love is the easy part. I didn’t know that until my life fell apart a couple of months ago, but what I’ve realized is that falling in love? It’s easy. A romantic gesture, candlelight, focused attention . . . those things make it so easy to fall in love with another person.

Staying in love? That is a whole different battle. So, if you were in love but now you think love might have left you behind? Here’s what you do...

Teatime and Books - Excerpt

She had to figure out what she wanted, without Adam's hands in her hair, making her wish for things that just weren't true. She had been frustrated before the accident. She wanted more than to take the kids to school and pick them up. To cook the meals and clean the house. She wanted to go on dates with her husband. There had to be more to life than being a mom and a housekeeper.


"Breakup in a Small Town is the third book in the Slipper Rock series by Kristina Knight. I can't help it I absolutely love every single visit I make to this town. I don't know what it is but Kristina always blows me away. Jenny and Adam's story is no different. This couple has been through so much and this has caused a rocky marriage. . . . You will adore this series. I recommend all three books!"

And don't forget to enter the giveaway below, if you haven't already...

Breakup in a Small Town
(Slippery Rock #3)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
September 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

This isn't the man she married… 

Jenny Buchanan never considered what "for better or for worse" meant when she married Adam Buchanan at nineteen. Six years and two little boys later, "for worse" arrives in the form of a tornado that ravages Slippery Rock and injures Adam. Now he's a stranger to his family…and love won't be enough to bring him back. 

Only when Jenny asks him to move out does Adam become the husband she needs…but Adam isn't the only one who's changed. As their attraction sparks back to life, Jenny and Adam must learn what it is to grow up—and grow together—before this small-town breakup lasts forever.


Other Books in the Series

Famous in a Small Town
(Slippery Rock #1)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

Lifestyles of the small-town famous

Forced to leave Nashville after a scandal, Savannah Walters has come home to Slippery Rock, Missouri, with a bruised ego and her singing career in jeopardy. As if that isn't humiliating enough, on her way into town she's rescued by her swoon-worthy childhood crush, Collin Tyler.

His hands are full running the family orchard and dealing with his delinquent teen sister, so Collin doesn't need to get involved with someone as fiery and unpredictable as Savannah. But the intense attraction between them can't be denied. And when disaster strikes, they'll both be surprised by who's still standing when the dust settles.

GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & NobleHarlequiniBooksKobo

Rebel in a Small Town
(Slippery Rock #2)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
July 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

He's not giving up his family without a fight

James Calhoun has never been able to resist Mara Tyler, or her knack for mischief. Her reputation as a reckless teenager drove Mara from their hometown. So Slippery Rock is the last place James ever expected to see her, and Mara's timing couldn't be worse. With the upcoming election for sheriff, she threatens the squeaky-clean image James needs to win. Because Mara has brought with her the result of their steamy affair: his two-year-old son, Zeke. After the initial shock, James is determined to have both his family and career. He just needs to convince Mara that her home is where it's always been. With him.


And coming November 2017...

Christmas in a Small Town
(Slippery Rock #4)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
November 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

Running out on her wedding was the best decision ever! 

A cheating fiancĂ© sends Camden Harris fleeing to her grandparents' home in Missouri. When her ex follows, determined to win her back, Camden makes a deal with neighbor Levi Walters: they'll pretend to be in love and she'll support his plan to buy her grandparents' land. 

The boy from her childhood has grown up into an impressive man. His charm, good looks and sweet gestures make it difficult for Camden to remember this is fake. And Levi's kisses only confuse her more.


About the Author


Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police--no, she wasn't a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer's capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she's living her own happily ever after.

Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

Tour Giveaway

1 winner will receive a signed copy of Famous in a Small Town and some fun swag
- US residents only
Ends September 20th

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Weekly deals - New Releases FREE & Bargain Books #LinkUp with @BeckValleyBooks


Sharing the Love of Books
Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

Authors please feel free to add your own books
Readers please free to add your own finds
(any genre except erotica welcome)

This weekly link up is hosted by Beck Valley Books & these awesome book loving blogs...
Monday
 Leels Loves Books | IrishdaisylovesRomance | Book Babble | Traci Hayden
Tuesday
Celticlady's Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures 
Wednesday
Beck Valley Books | Jude Ouvrard
Thursday
Miki's Hope | Heidi Robbins
Friday
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance |
Colorimetry | J.C. Clarke
Saturday
3 Partners in Shopping | I Create Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings 
Sunday

For Pre-orders post - PRE-ORDER / genre / title /author
For New Releases post - NEW / genre / title / author
For Free Books post - FREE / genre / title / author / end date 
For Bargain Books post - SALE / price / genre / title / author / end date
(Strictly no Erotica please.  Steamy romance is fine but watch those covers people, incase any underage child is viewing it!)

Here is this weeks awesome selection!

Would you like to share our linkup on your site? click here
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Come back and check out the new selection every week x


Friday, September 8, 2017

Yay for Friday! New Releases FREE and Bargain Books #LinkUp with @BeckValleyBooks - Find a deal you want to share this week??


Sharing the Love of Books
Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

Authors please feel free to add your own books
Readers please free to add your own finds
(any genre except erotica welcome)

This weekly link up is hosted by Beck Valley Books & these awesome book loving blogs...
Monday
 Leels Loves Books | IrishdaisylovesRomance | Book Babble | Traci Hayden
Tuesday
Celticlady's Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures 
Wednesday
Beck Valley Books | Jude Ouvrard
Thursday
Miki's Hope | Heidi Robbins
Friday
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance |
Colorimetry | J.C. Clarke
Saturday
3 Partners in Shopping | I Create Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings 
Sunday

For Pre-orders post - PRE-ORDER / genre / title /author
For New Releases post - NEW / genre / title / author
For Free Books post - FREE / genre / title / author / end date 
For Bargain Books post - SALE / price / genre / title / author / end date
(Strictly no Erotica please.  Steamy romance is fine but watch those covers people, incase any underage child is viewing it!)

Here is this weeks awesome selection!

Would you like to share our linkup on your site? click here
Would you like to become a weekly host? sign up here


Come back and check out the new selection every week x


Monday, September 4, 2017

Do you use YouTube? Article by Rachel Wheeler at https://www.morningtrans.com/



How to Translate Video Marketing Content for Global Audiences

Video content is king: 55% of people consume video thoroughly – the highest amount of all content types. A far greater four times as many people prefer videos about products to written content. Finally, consider that 40% of people say they are more likely to purchase a product from their phones after watching a video and it is clear that video is fast becoming the most influential form of content marketing.

On YouTube, more than a billion viewers consume millions of hours of video content each day. This reflects a larger trend of 78% of people watching videos online each week and 55% watching them every day. On Facebook, Periscope, Vine, and many other platforms, videos of all kinds are reaching more people and converting more customers.

Done right, video is the ultimate weapon in a marketer’s arsenal. To reach large audiences, video should be engaging, entertaining, and informative. With the help of professional translators, videos can help you reach a larger global audience than any other medium. The question is how to make them cost effective while resonating with an international audience.
What’s so Great About Video?

According to Google, searches for ‘how to’ on YouTube grew by 70% between 2014 and 2015. Videos allow consumers to learn something new and engage with your brand easily.

Imagine that you want to find out how easy it is to open and close a stroller that you are considering for your first child. A video demonstrates this in seconds, allowing consumers to compare products easily and quickly.

Videos demonstrate, engage, and provide more information per second than any other medium because it employs more than one of our senses. There are benefits to businesses, too:
  • Sending an email with the word “video” in the subject line increases open rates by 19% and click-throughs by 65%.
  • Including video on your landing pages can increase conversions by 80%. This rate will improve further by translating website and landing pages to appeal to a range of audiences.
  • Adding video to websites increases the amount of time users spend on your site and thus your SEO ratings increase. Search engines track user’s times on sites before returning to results pages. The more time spent by a user translates to a higher ranking by search engines as they deem the relevancy higher.

Also, people are much more likely to share video content over other mediums. The quality of the filming isn’t even a main priority for viewers – it’s the content that counts.

Increasing Video ROI
Video can be expensive to produce, so maximizing your ROI by localizing content for international audiences is one way of getting your money to go further. However, rather than go viral because of an embarrassing faux pas, using professional translation and localization services is a wise step in this process.

Working with a language service provider (LSP) from the beginning will enable you to identify the message that will reach the largest audience regardless of language and cultural barriers.
How to Localize Video Content

Creating customized video content for each target region can be expensive and time consuming. A single video for a range of audiences will cost less, but it will require a little more thought in the initial stages to be effective.

A few options to consider are:
  1. Ditch the dialogue: Creating a video that doesn’t rely on dialogue can still be engaging. You can then provide any additional, necessary information in a voice over. For this, the narrator can speak in any language without the need to change your on-screen content.
  2. Dubbing: If dialogue is integral to your video, you may wish to consider dubbing. Voiceovers in target languages replace the original actors easily, providing a great way to localize content for a range of audiences. However, depending on how many actors need dubbing this can get expensive.
  3. Subtitles: Localized subtitles are great for videos with or without actors, and even those without dialogue. They are less expensive than dubbing and relatively easy to add to existing video. However, be aware that viewers may find it difficult to watch a video with subtitles if there is a lot of action, or if there are a lot of actors speaking together at one time.
Videos Engage

Regardless of the type of video you choose to create, if it resonates with your audience it is likely to be shared. Ensure you cover areas that are of interest to your customers and use cultural references that will appeal to them.

An LSP with video translation experience can help localize content and also help to optimize your online videos with details such as video title, tags and descriptive keywords. These are vital when uploading any video to YouTube or other video-sharing websites. Follow the right steps and you’ll reap the reward of a higher ROI and more engaged audience of loyal customers with your video content marketing.